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EC's Somchai says court ruling will not end political crisis

Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, the election commissioner in charge of holding the election, says the Constitutional Court's ruling on Friday on the February 2 election is unlikely to end the political crisis.

He posted a message on his Facebook wall late Wednesday night saying that no matter how the court rules, one of the two polarised sides would not be happy.

"Whether the court annuls the election or gives the go-ahead for the 28 remaining constituencies, there will be a new round of troubles," Somchai wrote.

Were the election to be annulled by the ruling, the government and the EC would have to reach an agreement to issue a new decree to set a new election date, which could fall on May 18.

"But the UDD (United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship] may not accept the ruling and the PDRC [People's Democratic Reform Committee] may insist that reforms precede the election," Somchai wrote.

Somchai said if the court rules that the election for the 28 constituencies could go ahead, the election might be held on April 27 with advance voting possibly taking place on April 20.

But he said several make-up elections would need to be held to complete the entire process and that there could be more protests and blocking of the elections.

"If it turns left, it won't end easily. If it turns right, it will face hurdles. We must resign ourselves to a fate where the situation we have experienced over the last seven months will continue," he said.

Somchai said the situation would definitely develop to the point where only negotiations could provide a solution.




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